WAR­RIORS IN AC­TION

Tribe dom­i­nates Koote­nay night af­ter loss to Saska­toon

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The Moose Jaw War­riors came roar­ing out of the gates, even­tu­ally pound­ing out a 5-1 win over the road-weary Koote­nay Ice on Satur­day at Mo­saic Place. It was just a mat­ter of get­ting the job done and putting an­other two points on the board.

Of course, it didn’t hurt that the Tribe had a rea­son to come out hard against the Ice – they’d fallen 5-2 to the Saska­toon Blades only 24 hours ear­lier and a bounce­back was most cer­tainly one of their main goals, even if things were a lit­tle un­nerv­ingly close through 20 min­utes.

“We had lots of zone time in the first pe­riod and couldn’t score, (Dun­can) McGovern’s a good goalie, he has a good record and he’s tough to beat but I think we just wore him down,” said War­riors coach Tim Hunter. “That was a key, keep push­ing the pace, keep up with the pres­sure and make them play in their own end, play a 200-foot game, be­cause when it’s a tired team, you have to take ad­van­tage of that. Ev­ery­one gets in those sit­u­a­tions and it’s no fun and that’s just how it is.”

De­spite car­ry­ing the play in the first pe­riod, the War­riors only man­aged eight shots. That all changed in the sec­ond, as they out­shot the Ice 21-7 in the frame and scored four times to take a 4-1 lead.

Keenan Taphorn – who was re­cently ac­quired from the Ice along­side twin brother Kae­den – led the as­sault with a pair of goals, in­clud­ing a brain-ben­der from be- hind the Koote­nay goal line that some­how found its way past McGovern.

“It felt great! It was good to help our team against the team I was traded from, and I’m happy I played the way I did,” Taphorn said. “I think it was a good game for our win; we had lots of chances. I liked the way we played and all that mat­ters is we got the win in the end.”

Ye­gor Buyal­ski and Tris­tan Lan­gan also scored in the pe­riod.

“It was sec­ond-pe­riod-itis, we wanted to do some things ex­tra and dif­fer­ent, an in­di­vid­ual map in­stead of a team map,” Hunter said. “It’s a tough sit­u­a­tion when you play a team that’s played three games in a row, four games in five nights. Credit to their team, though, they didn’t go away, they didn’t quit, and they played hard. But our guys stuck to our game, we pres­sured them right away and had lots of chances when we did stick to the game plan.”

Dal­ton Ha­mal­iuk scored the War­riors’ other goal in the third.

Jaeger White had the lone marker for Koote­nay. Bro­dan Sal­mond made 17 saves in earn­ing the win in goal; McGovern made 38 saves for the Ice. Things didn’t go as well against Saska­toon one night ear­lier at Mo­saic Place, as Max Ger­lach had a pair of goals to go along with sin­gle mark­ers from Jack­son Caller and Kirby Dach as the Blades took their 5-2 win. Josh Pater­son had an empty net goal. Taphorn and Lan­gan scored for the War­riors, who were tied 1-1 af­ter the first and trailed 3-1 through two. Sal­mond had 31 stops in the loss; Dor­rin Lud­ing stopped 24 for Saska­toon.

The War­riors now have a week off be­fore host­ing Red Deer on Nov. 10 (7 p.m., Mo­saic Place).

War­riors for­ward Keegan Taphorn at­tempts to tip the puck past Koote­nay goal­tender Dun­can McGovern.

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